Wednesday, 28 December 2011

T.I. gets studio time with Dre (Mixtape Trailer)

Before T.I. finally unveils his eighth studio album Trouble Man, the Atlanta rapper will drop the new mixtape F-- Da City Up on New Year’s Day. To tease the upcoming release Tip put out a mixtape trailer on December 20 and this week he followed up with a new clip, which finds him hobnobbing in the studio with Dr. Dre.

In the 50 second black-and-white clip T.I. is filmed as he records, while Dr. Dre hangs out, listening to the new music.

Tip says he's working on "developing that chemistry" with the West Coast veteran.

Speaking with MTV News, Tip said that the two were “creating chemistry” for the tape and that he wants to work closer with the West Coast veteran.

“Dre was here. He sent for me over to the spot. We really just turned up more than anything else. It was about creating chemistry," he said.

T.I. previously worked with Dre on the song “Topless,” leaked several years ago and supposedly intended for Detox. For now, he’s intent on developing their working relationship.

"Of course we can get together, he got hot beats and I got dope rhymes, so we can always get together and make music," he continued. "But for people to feel what we're sayin' and for it to sound like a party comin' through your speakers, you gonna have to create some chemistry. So that's what we spent more time doin' than anything else; developing that chemistry."

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Dr Dre & U2 singer Bono to honor producer Jimmy Iovine

The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® will celebrate its fifth annual GRAMMY® Week event honoring legendary music producer and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music.

The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles, and Bono and Dr. Dre will serve as honorary event co-chairs. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (

"The work of the Producers & Engineers Wing is essential to ensure that the importance of sound quality and the integrity of recorded music continue to be acknowledged and preserved in our evolving landscape," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year we pay tribute to an industry leader, Jimmy Iovine, who has made an indelible impact as a recording engineer, producer, founder of Interscope Records, and now entrepreneur focused on audio quality. As we continue to highlight those who work 'behind the glass,' we are very pleased this year to celebrate someone of Jimmy's stature who is so dedicated to this important cause."

Jimmy Iovine began his career in the '70s as a recording engineer for artists including John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. He then made the transition to producer, working on classic albums with artists including Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith and U2. In 1990, Iovine co-founded Interscope Records with partner Ted Field. He is now chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, and recently celebrated 20 years commitment as a label head to diverse and gifted artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nelly Furtado, Lady Gaga, No Doubt, and U2. Furthering his interest in and commitment to sound quality, in 2008 Iovine co-founded the high-performance headphone and sound transmission company Beats Electronics with GRAMMY-winning artist Dr. Dre, and he continues to passionately advocate for reversal of the degradation of sound quality in music that has resulted from the recording industry's transition to digital distribution.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Snoop and Dre footage of their travels in Doggisode (Video)

Snoop Dogg and Dre brought the West Coast to the Eastern hemisphere. In the latest episode of his “Doggisode” web series, Snoop invites cameras along as he and Dre trek through Singapore. The global superstars joke around with their chauffeur and hit the stage to perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Check out some candid footage from their travels.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Nas relfects on hounding Dr Dre for beats

With Stillmatic and Hip Hop Is Dead celebrating 10 and 5-year anniversaries next week, Nas speaks on having to hound Dr. Dre for beats and more…

With Hip Hop Is Dead, do you feel like that album marks you becoming an elder statesman in the game?

I didn’t go for that. That’s not what I was looking for, but for an MC point of view and a competitor point of view as an MC, yea, I was with that.

Did you have any reservations about sampling “Iron Butterfly” for the second time because you did it on “Thief’s Theme” before?

No, that was the joke. Hip-hop is dead. I’m gonna do the same beat again from my last album that was my last single. This is gonna be the shit again. And will didn’t even know it at the time, when he played it for me and I told him that’s why I have to do this record. For me it was perfect. I know people didn’t get it, but it was my little joke.

The album also marks you working with Dre for the first time in 10 years. How did you guys reconnect?

You know, just hounding Dre ’til you get him. I just had to hound my man, you know what I mean? Once he opened up, he had a moment. I jumped right in there. I flew right in, got in the studio. [I'm] always excited to see him in the studio.

Game was on the track, but that was after he got kicked off Aftermath. How did that happen?

That almost didn’t happen, but again, hounding Dre. Staying on him, staying on him, staying on him. “Come on, I need this.” You know, [I] stayed on him.

Was he initially like, “I don’t want to put Game on the track or something like that?

Nah, he never said that. It was just, we wasn’t gettin’ any response. We needed a mix and master the song, so we wasn’t gettin’ any response on anything. We had to stay on him. He’s a busy man.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Crooked I expresses desire to collaborate more with Dre

The leader of the C.O.B. movement has a lot on his plate. With a new EP, In None We Trust, out this week and an upcoming Slaughterhouse album out early next year, Crooked I’s ride may not be as shaky now, but it’s certainly moving with some velocity, bringing new challenges to face and to conquer.

DX: Now, another thing you had mentioned was that if you had it your way, Dr. Dre would produce tracks on this album. You also said that you had Dr. Dre beats lying around with Slaughterhouse’s name on it. Today, I’m wondering how that has progressed.

Crooked I: We did record something. You know? We did record something. [Pauses] Eh, I’m never going to be satisfied until I hear like five or six Slaughterhouse/Dr. Dre collabs. That’s just me, though. That’s me being a fan of Dr. Dre since I was a fuckin’ kid. That’s also me understanding that a Slaughterhouse and Dre collab could be potentially 2012-N.W.A. type shit. In my mind, if I was in control of this shit, I don’t want nothing laid back. I don’t want nothing that’s going to be mistaken for a club banger. I want some shit that sounds like straight mothafuckin’ chaos, rebellious lyrics, some I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude, and some 2012 Dr. Dre/N.W.A. type shit going on in that fuckin’ beat. If you give me that, I guarantee you we’ll shut the fuckin’ game down with them songs. Guaranteed because that’s what’s missing right now: high quality production and I-don’t-give-a-fuck mentality on the mic. Since the recession in Hip Hop, those budgets are smaller now. The budgets are so small right now. It’s funny because I’ve been in the game for so long. Some people are recording whole albums with what we used to call an advance, just for our pockets. So, when they do get that high profile producer, they gotta do something that’s gonna hit iTunes and Billboard heavy, and the radio. So, they gotta get more bang for their buck. That’s why you might hear a high profile producer and an artist making the same kind of songs all the fuckin’ time because the record companies try to get as much bang for their buck for a producer that’s charging them an arm and a leg. But, when you say, “Fuck all of that. Fuck what the radio talkin’ about. Fuck what iTunes’ or Billboard’s talkin’ about. Let’s go in this mothafucka and make some shit, some we-don’t-give-a-fuck shit.” That’s what kind of shit I want to do with Dr. Dre.

DX: And that hasn’t all the way happened yet?

Crooked I: Nah, it ain’t happen yet. If it did, I’d be like, “We got a surprise for you.” [Laughs] Nah, that ain’t happen but that’s not saying that it won’t happen. I’m definitely a persistent dude and I’m glad you asked me this question because every time this pops up, we get a step closer to that shit happening. It gets on everybody’s radar and they say, “Yeah, Crook really wants to do this.” [Laughs] It’s gon’ happen. It will happen. When it do, it’s gonna change Hip Hop for that moment in time.

DX: What do you think is holding it back?

Crooked I: You know what? I think it’s just scheduling. Dr. Dre is probably the greatest of all time in production in Hip Hop so obviously his schedule is bananas. He’s killing the game with [Beats By Dre], traveling around. Then, with Slaughterhouse, we all doing our thing separately, individually. I think it’s a scheduling thing but we gon’ conquer that. We will conquer that because I’m not going to stop until it happens. Period.

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Dre & Snoop Dogg to executive produce Tha Dogg Pound's next album

It's a flashback to the Death Row days, as Daz and Kurupt reunite with Snoop and Dre in the studio.
“It’s Daz and Kurupt getting that DPGC together. Big Snoop is overseeing it, Dre’s overseeing,” Kurupt told at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. “We just got off a road trip for beats with Dr. Dre, who is still working on Detox.”

While most of Tha Dogg Pound’s albums were independently released, Daz said Alumni will be a major release backed by both Dr. Dre and SNOOP’S respective machines.
According to Daz, Alumni will feature a combination of production between himself and Dr. Dre.

“We put the beats together, submit it to him [Dr. Dre] to let him know what we are working with and he comes and adds his flavor to it.

It’s natural.”

The last time Dr. Dre had an executive production credit on a Dogg Pound album, he, Daz Dilinger, and Kurupt were all on Death Row Records.

Now, along with Snoop Dogg, the crew is back together in the studio for Alumni, DPG's next release.

“It’s Daz and Kurupt getting that DPGC together. Big Snoop is overseeing it, Dre’s overseeing,” said Kurupt in an interview with

“We just got off a road trip for beats with Dr. Dre, who is still working on Detox.”

Kurupt added that Alumni would be a major label release.

Said Daz of the project: “We put the beats together, submit it to him [Dr. Dre] to let him know what we are working with and he comes and adds his flavor to it. It’s natural.”

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Dre interview - Beats and Asian tour

He's been in the game making rap tunes ever since honeys was wearing Sassoon. And that was back in 1995, when Dr. Dre produced and dueted on "California Love" with Tupac Shakur.

Which is why we listen when one of the greatest producers and impresarios in the history of pop music comes to Hong Kong to talk headphones.

Dr. Dre was in Hong Kong last week for the first time with legendary producer Jimmy Iovine who is credited with bringing us Eminem and Lady Gaga and whom you may recognize as one of the judges from American Idol season 10.

The pair were promoting the new wireless Beats by Dr. Dre headphones in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo. Powered by rechargeable batteries, the cordless Bluetooth headset may become one of the most coveted travelers' accessories.

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CNNGo: Why should travelers choose Beats over other brands of headphones, like Bose?

Jimmy Iovine: These headphones were tested by producers around the world and they are made from "feel."

When people travel, they want emotion. You're going to feel a lot of emotions from the music you're listening to through these headphones.

The best way to get emotion is to have the headphones have the right "feel" and tuned by people who know what emotions sound like, who knows what the studio sounds like. Because that's where the ultimate feel is -- in the hatching of a record.

CNNGo: Which songs produced by the two of you are best for showcasing what Beats can do?

Dr. Dre: "In Da Club" by 50 Cent and "Here Comes My Girl" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

Iovine: We know the way these songs feel. Dre knows "In Da Club" very well. He knows how that record feels and how it sounds at any point.

"Here Comes My Girl" is a record I produced a very long time ago and I know how that records sounds like in its guts.

CNNGo: Other than your headphones, what is an indispensable item when you're travelling.

Dr. Dre: A great hotel.

CNNGo: What's on your travel playlist, Dr. Dre?

Dr. Dre: I have an assortment of things. I have songs that range from Jay-Z to Sade. Just depends on the mood.

CNNGo: What expectations do you have for your first Asia tour?

Dr. Dre: I'm not sure, I'm just going with the flow. I'm just going to check it out.

CNNGo: You were recently in Singapore, how was it?

Dr. Dre: It was great. It was a beautiful experience. I love the people and the vibe.

Iovine: The spirit is all about tomorrow, it's very progressive, very cool. I really enjoyed it.

CNNGo: What do you think of the music industry in Asia?

Iovine: As a record company I think that it's great. The domestic market here is so powerful and from that anything can grow.

We met some kids last night that were into hip-hop and boy, do they believe. It's the truth for them. And anyone that believes -- it can happen for them.

CNNGo: Any Asian producers you would like to work with?

Dr. Dre: We don't meet a lot of producers but we saw a lot of groups. We saw 2NE1 [at the mNet Asian Music Awards in Singapore] and they were good.

CNNGo: You think people here are going to party like they do in America?

Dr. Dre: I dunno, I hope so. I'm just going to go with it. I can't wait to party.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Producer Rick Rock talks experiences with Dr Dre

With an first solo project, titled Rocket, on the way, BallerStatus sat down with Rick Rock to talk about a few of his hits over the years and working with the genre's legends, his experience working with Dr. Dre, and coming in the game with production mentor Mike Mosley, as well as his opinion on Barack Obama, Mariah Carey, and much more. Tell me about putting together the track "Symphony in X Major" for Xzibit's Man vs. Machine album. How did you get Dr. Dre to hop on there?

Rick Rock: I was looking for records and ran across a record called "Swithched on Bach". I sampled a couple pieces, and added some claps, kicks, and all the bells and whistles to it, and sent it to Xzibit. X said he was f***ing with it, but I never thought Dr. Dre would get on it. That was just getting my cake and eating it too (laughs). So when X called me at my Aunt Doris' house in the Gump (Montgomery, Alabama) and put me on the phone with the good Doc, I knew sh** was finna unfold nice. They added the whole negro opera sh** to it, but the dopest thing to me was getting to mix the song with Dre and get some good game from the Doc. All Eyez on Me, Restless, Man vs. Machine, Blue Carpet Treatment, are a few of the projects you've worked on that Dr. Dre was also involved in. Have you crossed paths with the good Doctor? And if so, has there been any talk of you guys collaborating on something?

Rick Rock: Yeah, we've crossed paths a few times over the years and he gave me mixing tips while we were mixing "Symphony In X Major" for Xzibit, but no, he has never talked to me and said he wanted me to collab on anything. I think it would be dope though.

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50 Cent speaks on advice he gave for Detox

50 Cent has been working on his oft-delayed fifth album, tentatively set to release in 2012, but he also took some time to share some advice for Dr. Dre. During an interview with XXL magazine, Fif recalled speaking with Dre about how he should approach recording songs for his near mythical third LP Detox.

"Dre helped me a lot on this record. I went to Los Angeles, was working out there for a little bit. I was working on the Detox records, right. I keep saying to Dre, I’m like, 'Yo, you don’t have to invent nothing. All they want is a strong version of what you gave last time,'" he said. "They need a new version of that. It’s like Sade. She goes away for six years, and then she comes back with a new disc. You go, I love this shit! It reminds you of the fuckin’ shit that she gave you before she left. There’s certain artists that have that luxury. You could go away and still be interesting enough to come for people to want to hear that effort. Dre is like that. As I’m busy telling him that, I go, 'Wait, maybe I’m bugging for some of the shit that I’ve been doing.' You know what I mean?"

Looking at his own career, the G-Unit recognizes how to express himself creatively without turning his back on his fans. "For me, the music is an artistic choice," he continued. "I’ll say, from the very beginning, that I can care less about a critic or how someone judges me for the actual music. You see, people understand within hip-hop culture that I’m passionate about actually trying to do something different. I want to make a change in a different way. This is about me personally feeling like I wanna mean more after I’m dead, when I’m gone."

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Friday, 2 December 2011

Dre interview - SMALL break for Beats promotion, album fan-driven

Hip-hop legend Dr. Dre has just swung by Hong Kong to promote his Beats By Dr. Dre headphones line. Just before his much-hyped dragon-i gig with Snoop Dogg and Jazzy Jeff, Andrea Yu sits down with the rapper extraordinaire, as well as Jimmy Iovine (head of Interscope Records) and Luke Wood (president of Beats) to find out more about these illustrious headphones – and the rap star’s long-awaited new album. We certainly didn’t forget about Dre…

So, it’s your first time in Hong Kong… how come it took you guys so long to get here?
Luke: Well I’ve been here four times this year.
Jimmy: When you work as much as we do, you don’t get much time off. To come here, you need at least a week. And that’s hard to work out.

Dr. Dre, I must admit that your fans here in Hong Kong are really eager to hear when the new album is coming out.
Dr. Dre: [pause] Well, right now I’m just taking a small break to come out and do some promotion with Beats but actually I’m getting back on it when I get home.

Can you give us any word on when we might see it?
Jimmy: Well, you know, the thing is with Dre – we were talking about it today and [hesitates], he’s not gonna put it out until it’s right for the fans. It’s fan-driven. He’s a real perfectionist.
Dr. Dre: It has to feel good.

Do you think that it’s possible to achieve perfection in the studio?
Jimmy: We don’t want to live on the album for this interview. This is more for Beats.

Okay, I understand. But Dr. Dre, do you have any response to that before we move on? If, especially with the work that you’re doing now – do you think you can achieve perfection?
Dr. Dre: Occasionally [laughs].

So, moving on to Beats, because I know that’s why you’re all here right now. Do you think the Asian market has different needs for the way we listen to music?
Jimmy: It’s all about authentic feel. There’s a feel that happens in the studio, and a sound. The sound is a combination of capturing what actually was mixed in the studio. Most producers mix on similar curves. A lot of studios in the world are all to a similar curve and that produces a certain playback. So the producer mixes to that playback. And these headphones are made to service that – to get the authentic feel out of the music.

Jimmy: Now, you can’t get that feel out of a $1 headphone. So when you buy a $400 mp3 player and $1 headphones, it gets clogged. So, I don’t care where you are. I don’t care if you’re on the moon. You want the feel of the record to be authentic. And we’ve lost it − almost two generations – to bad sounds. Because everyone thought the iPod must have had a good headphone when it didn’t. People said: “Oh I have to have the white headphone.” Well, that white headphone didn’t sound great. The mp3 player sounded great but the headphone is there to see if the thing works. Then you go and get a pair of decent headphones. Yes, everyone in the world, you want good-feeling headphones. Beats is good for anyone.

Did you have much of a chance to listen to the music coming out of the Asian market before you came here?
Jimmy: We haven’t before… there’re a lot of people that really care about music here. This is Hong Kong, not Seoul. I haven’t met the people in Hong Kong yet but the people in Singapore and Seoul are very, very passionate. And I’m sure they are here as well about growing and understanding… so anything is possible.

Have you had a chance to listen to Cantopop?
Jimmy: I haven’t. Luke?
Luke: No, I haven’t. But we spent a lot of time on K-Pop.

What are your opinions on K-pop, then?
Luke: I think it’s great, personally. Only because I think it’s authentic and it’s emotional. It’s exciting. It’s vibrant. It travels.
Jimmy: You could feel the dreams on the records. You can feel everybody’s hopes and dreams and the musicians’ hopes and dreams. You can feel it on the record. When you have that, anything is possible.
Dr. Dre: They pay real close attention to detail.

In K-pop?
Dr. Dre: Right. That’s the thing about them.

You’re pretty much in the home country of piracy and fake goods. You see a lot of people in the markets here selling fake Beats items here. Does it make you feel a bit chuffed or flattered that people are trying to reproduce your products?
Jimmy: It’s like buying a fake carrot.

Buying a fake… carrot?
Jimmy: Yes. The quality is so horrible on those headphones, the bootlegs. Why are you buying Beats? You’re buying Beats so you can have great feel and great sound. Those bootlegs sound terrible. So all you’re buying there is to wear a shiny thing around your neck.
Luke: We truly think it’s tragic. You’re not getting any of the sound experience that you deserve as a fan.
Jimmy: It’s unfair to the consumer. It’s really unfair – they think they’re getting the real thing and they’re getting something so inferior.

Do you think it’s a sign that the Beats products have become a status symbol?
Jimmy: Yes
Luke: It’s a great club to be a member of.

I see.
Jimmy: I want to make something clear. When Dre said ‘I’m taking a break’, he meant one week. He’s here one week. That’s the break. He goes back to the studio on Monday.

Well, that’s very good to know. Thanks so much for your time.
All: Thank you

Thursday, 1 December 2011

'I Need A Doctor' nominated for 2 Grammys

The single which was released around this tme last year, featuring Eminem & Skylar Grey has been nominated for 2 Grammys:

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song

Monday, 28 November 2011

Slim The Mobster explains his recent Detox comments

The Dre protege opens up about a few topics including how Dre's hiatus was blown out of proportion.

Slim the Mobster has previously spoken on his working relationship with Dr. Dre, offering his opinion on why Detox still hasn’t been released. During an interview with Good*Fella Media, the Dre protégé explained that his comments on taking a break from the industry were blown out of proportion and that he still might have plans to release the LP.

“I ain’t ever said ‘Fuck Detox.’ I don’t know if that’s the case. I think it got kind of taken out of hand, what he was saying. He was saying, he’s about to let us do us because of where his motivation,” he said. “I don’t think he’s saying ‘Scratch Detox, fuck Detox,’ none of those things. I think people took that as what he was saying, but again, he’s not a fucking rapper. And people forget that.

“For him, he’s a producer. [Rapping] is not what he does,” he continued. "Detox was a thought when Eminem came out, 50, Game, all these dudes was involved. All those things played out and they turned out to kind of be iffy, because Game and 50 got into it and little things like that and dudes trying to come out with headphones. All those things. It’s a weird thing. I don’t want to be in competition with my boss. You can’t outshine the nigga that gave you your shine."

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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Dre & Snoop to perform at 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards!

World renown hip hop artists Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have announced that they will be performing at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards!

Mnet released new information on November 27 revealing that the two artists will be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 29, alongside some of Asia's hottest stars. For those unfamiliar with American hip hop, Dr. Dre is the figure behind the discovery of Eminem and is regarded as a world famous producer, while Snoop Dogg is the leader of the West Coast hip hop scene. He's also been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards as well.

This is the first ever time that such big figures from the hip hop scene will be joining on one stage in Asia, and many are hyping it up as the stage of living legends.

"We feel that we're taking one step further into truly being called the music ceremony to represent all of Asia, especially with the confirmation of such honorable artists attending from all over the world. They won't be just making an attendance, as we're also planning some special performances. Japan's top singer Koda Kumi, China's Jane Zhang Liang Ying, Lang Lang, Singapore's Richard Lee, and Fann Wong will also be coming together," said the MAMA.

Other artists currently confirmed include Super Junior, SNSD, 2NE1, miss A, YB, Dynamic Duo, Will.I.Am, and others.

As always, the MAMA will be broadcast all over the world through 13 different broadcast networks. It will be held on November 29 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Don't Give Up, Dr Dre's new material will be arriving soon!

Visit the "Coming Soon" section of and you'll notice that topping the December pre-orders chart, as it has done on and off since it was first announced eight bleedin' years ago, is Dr Dre's mythical third album Detox. Of course, barring some kind of rupture in the space-time continuum, the much-delayed follow up to Dre's 2001 (which was actually released way back in 1999) won't now be coming out this year, a fact tacitly acknowledged on the site by the absence of any official artwork. Instead, Dre stares out from a crudely mocked-up cover with the guilty look of a feckless mechanic who promises to finish fixing your car just as soon as the parts are delivered, his sciatica's cleared up, and Mars has formed a favourable aspect with Pluto.


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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Slim The Mobster says Dr Dre deserves a break, isn't too concerned with high-profile features

'He gave us Eminem and 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Game ... let the man have fun,' War Music rapper tells 'RapFix Live.'

Dr. Dre made waves last week when he said he was ready to take "a little bit of a break" from music after he finishes working with Kendrick Lamar and Slim the Mobster.

When Slim appeared on "RapFix Live" Wednesday, the Aftermath rapper said, "For the past time that I've been around, I know for a fact that [Dre] hasn't been out the studio long. Let him have a break.

"He gave us Eminem and 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Game, he gave us so many different things in his time. There are some rappers who haven't gave us nothing. So, let the man have fun now."

At the opening of the Beats by Dre pop-up store in Manhattan, New York, the hip-hop icon told Fader TV, "I've been working on music for 27 years now, and the longest I've ever been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks. I'm never gonna stop music — it's like air to me. I'm gonna take a little bit of a break, enjoy some time with the family."

But can we at least get Detox before he goes? "I'm hoping," said Slim, who recently released his War Music mixtape. "That's what we're shooting for, right?"

Several years in the making, there hasn't been a hip-hop album shrouded in as much mystery as Dre's third solo affair. Even Slim, who is in the Doc's camp, isn't sure which songs will make the final track list, though he has heard several, including a song with Jay-Z and another with Drake.

"It's a process, so I don't even know what songs are really on the album and what songs aren't on the album," Slim said, before noting that, ultimately, Dre isn't too concerned with high-profile features. "He's picky; he don't care about that name stuff. It's gotta be appeasing to him and what he likes."

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Slim the Mobster "It's not like it's not going to come out! It's definitely coming out"

During the Dubcnn interview Slim the Mobster talks about Detox.:

How tired are you of people asking about Detox?

Slim: I'm never tired of it! That album is like my little brother. I got a lot of faith and belief in it, I love it. When we get it all situated and we figure things out, it's coming. It's not like it's not going to come out! It's definitely coming out, it's just about the strategy, the plan and making him feel good about it. That's part of the reason that I stepped up from behind and just playing a low key role to me giving him some motivation by seeing me out here doing it and make him want to get back in.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Slim The Mobster Talks Drake & Jay-Z Tracks Intended For ‘Detox’

Sway was finally successful to get something out of one of his guests on MTV Rapfix live last evening regarding the mythical project Detox. Slim The Mobster was reluctant to speak on the album but he finally revealed hearing a Drake song and a Jay-Z song intended for Detox. The big question: is the album still coming or was Dre really serious about taking a break in the FADER interview?

"I Don't Know Where Dr. Dre Would Do It At Without It Being Crazy Sold Out"

With Dr. Dre recently dishing out plans to possibly go back into deejaying, SOHH reached out to past N.W.A. affiliate/producer Cavie for his take on the Doc's possible career move.

In his eyes, Cavie feels Dre going back to his roots could strengthen hip-hop.

"That's actually a good thing," Cavie told SOHH about Dre going back to deejaying. "As a producer, it keeps your chops up, it keeps your ears fresh, you can really see what people are feeling when you're out there. There's no better feeling than when you're out there. I think I heard Lil Jon say you get that instant gratification. Being on that stage, right there, doing what you really do, it's not just a beat that you made. You're out there controlling. You're controlling the club, you're feeling that energy because when you play something good, everybody goes crazy. I think Dre, with the type of ear he has, I would love to see that. I've seen a lot of celebrities -- be really good deejays. [Singer] Macy Gray is a deejay and so they get paid crazy dough and you would never think that. So Dr. Dre getting behind the deejay table would be an interesting event. I don't know where he would do it at without it being crazy sold out." (SOHH)

Cavie also denied past claims suggesting Dre went by the deejay name, "Dr. J."

"I think that would be huge for the state of California too," Cavie added. "It's already huge but to know that Dr. Dre is spinning tonight or just being able to go out and see him spin, that would be crazy. Dr. Dre has always been Dr. Dre. He's never been Dr. J. He's always been Dr. Dre. He used to deejay at a place called Eve's After Dark and there was another place in Compton called Skateland USA. These are all of the places he used to deejay at. People used to make fun of him back in the day because he wore makeup but those were during the late 1970's, early 1980's where costumes and stuff, people did that. He used to rock stuff back there. He's definitely been a deejay and doing things for years. Like I said, I would love to see Dre do that. For him even considering it is big and not as a producer but as a deejay. It's a totally different feeling." (SOHH)

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"We Were All Just In The Studio, Me, Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre"

With Dr. Dre announcing plans to take a music hiatus and focus on his family this week, SOHH recently reached out to the producer's protege Slim the Mobster about holding down Aftermath Records.

Speaking on his bond with fellow Aftermath rapper Kendrick Lamar, Slim said he feels now is the time to prove himself to the world.

"Yeah, I mean, it feels good. We were all just in the studio the other day, me, Kendrick and Dre and the energy was just there," Slim told SOHH when asked about holding up the Aftermath flag. "Me and Kendrick know each other from previous situations. Where he grew up, my lived there. I know who he is, he knows who I am. We just made it into something big. This is what I work for. With me, I have to really prove my point because I've been signed so long but it feels like I've done nothing. When I say 'nothing,' I mean I haven't done anything that's been Slim-motivated. It's been in the lure of of Detox and Dr. Dre. I feel like right now, it's my time." (SOHH)

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Monday, 14 November 2011

Dr Dre Says After 27 Years Of Working On Music He's Taking A Break

Dr. Dre ready for a break from music, wants Beats By Dre to become second only to Apple.

After almost three decades of non-stop contributions to music, producer/rapper Dr. Dre says he’s finally ready for a break from music. Dr. Dre revealed the news during an interview with The Fader at the opening of the Beats By Dre store in SoHo.

Dr. Dre explained that when he’s done working with Kendrick Lamar and Slim Da Mobster he’ll be ready for a break which will consist of spending more time with his family.

“These are the next two artists I’m working on, Slim Da Mobster and Kendrick Lamar. I think that’s when I’m gonna just wrap it up for a minute because I’ve been working on music for 27 years now and the longest I’ve ever been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks,” Dr. Dre explained. “So yea I feel like I’m gonna take a little bit of a break. I’m never gonna stop music, it’s like air to me. So I’mma take a little bit of a break. Enjoy some time with the family til I get that itch to get back in.”

Aside from working on music Dr. Dre has contributed heavily to the Beats By Dre line of headphones and says they won’t stop until they’ve become second only to Apple.

“I’m shocked myself as to how well they’re doing. We’re gonna keep new and exciting product coming. We’re trying to eventually be second to Apple. And I don’t think that’s a bad position,” said Dr. Dre. “We’re really trying to take over everything with a speaker. And also microphones. We’re gonna get involved in that also.”

There were no mentions of a Detox release during Dr. Dre’s interview with The Fader.

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Just Blaze producing track for Kendrick Lamar

It might have caught your eye in the midst of Lord Knows leaking, but super producer Just Blaze let the cat out of the bag that he would be working with the buzzing Compton upstart, Kendrick Lamar. K. Dot confirmed the rumors but didn’t give a name or day it was releasing.

This makes it clearer that maybe we wont see a new Dr Dre track yet, as recent rumours stated.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Dr Dre track "no longer on Detox" ?

On twitter there were rumours flying around for a possible Dr Dre track feat Kendrick Lamar and Game, with producer Just Blaze contributing.

According to @ChigzterOB4CL this track is "no longer on Detox".!/ChigzterOB4CL/status/135306253722324992!/ChigzterOB4CL/status/135305148049264640

Dre and Bishop Lamont to reunite?

Reid is currently recording a new version of “Seeds of Memory,” the title track from his 1976 album produced by his friend Graham Nash, which calls Reid's best. He wrote it about World War II, but hip-hop master Dr. Dre and Bishop Lamont are now adding raps about Afghanistan to Reid's new, harder vocals.Reid is reticent to say he's making a comeback because he never made it big enough.

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Don Trip Reacts To Recording With Dr Dre

Exclusive: Interscope's recent artist explains meeting the hit-makers who signed him, and his single "Letter To My Son," featuring Cee-Lo which he recorded before Cool, Dre or the iconic Dr. Dre.

A lot could be inferred when Dr. Dre mentions an unknown artist's name in the same sentence as Roc Nation's breakout star J. Cole. When that happened late last year, Memphis' Don Trip was hardly known to the industry, although he's been a fixture on the circuit in his hometown. The Dr. Dre connection came about when Cool & Dre took him to Interscope Records as the first artist signed through their new Epidemic Music imprint on the label.

With an album, Heaven On the Way, in the works, Don Trip has recorded to beats from Boi 1-Da, Renegades, T-Minus and the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. Ironically, Don Trip's current single, the emotionally charged “Letter To My Son” was recorded before the deal yet the current version features vocals from Cee-Lo Green.

HipHopDX caught up with Don Trip in late October just before his first performance in Los Angeles, at the House of Blues as the opening act on Game's R.E.D. Tour to going over his music's substance, Memphis, and the personal connections that got him out of there and possibly on the path to stardom.
Don Trip Explains Working With Dr. Dre Before His First Major Album

HipHopDX: What was it like being in the lab with Dr. Dre?

Don Trip: it was quite an experience. I come from listening to Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and N.W.A., so being in the studio with him, actually being able to meet him, is an experience within itself. I actually recorded a record working with him and I can tell you this: he is very precise. There's a certain sound he looking for and he go to till he find that sound. I rock with that.

DX: Who set that up? Did that come about from your deal with First Family and Cool & Dre?

Don Trip: As far as the deal, I met Frank Lopez from First Family Entertainment in Memphis through my DJ, DJ Larry Live. Frank told me about the relationship he had with Cool & Dre and they flew me down to Miami. We got to know each other a little bit and the chemistry worked so from that so felt it was a packaged deal of something to present to Interscope.

DX: What was the time frame on this process?

Don Trip: We started in like September of last year and we got the deal of February of this year.

DX: Talk about what your music grind was like in Memphis.

Don Trip: It was difficult, being that Memphis is one of the spots that there's only a handful of acts that come out and succeeded. It's a lot more difficult to make it from Memphis than to make it from Atlanta or Houston or many other places. Not to say it's not hard to make it there, just saying it was more difficult to make it from Memphis without there being an outlet for that. So it made it harder, but, I personally prefer the hard work. I don't knoLinkw why I'm wired like that but I prefer to go the road less traveled. I didn't have to move to another state to do it.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

New Dr Dre track coming soon??

Producer Just Blaze has been hinting in his tweets about a new Dr Dre track being released, rumoured to feature Kendrick Lamar. Stay tuned will be looking for some more solid info:

@JustBlaze - In other news, to the few people that understands what this means. "Firestarter" has just been sent to Interscope at their request.

@JustBlaze - And @drdre said..


Jimmy Iovine Talks Signing Eminem & BeatsByDre

Part of Steve Stoute's online series "The Tanning Effect," he sits down with Interscope headman Jimmy Iovine. During the interview, Iovine speaks about finding out about Eminem, passing his tape to Dr Dre and signing him to Interscope.
"At the time, Dre was on fire. He also came off a weak album, but he was just so in touch. A kid came into my office, I used to be an intern, so I always like to help interns, so the kid came into my office, and he said, 'I heard this white guy last night rapping.' Again, I'm not a pioneer of rap, I'm not some guy who discovered the genre, so I always heard that white rappers don't work. I said, 'I'll tell you what, you did a really good job, if you give me a CD, I'll play it for Dr. Dre.'"

"The guys in Dre's studio at the time were trying to talk him out of it, while Eminem was in town working," Iovine continued. "Dre said 'I don't care what you think, this is gonna work.' And they made 'My Name Is.'"
Later, Jimmy Iovine speaks about how he and Dr Dre came up with the "Beats By Dre" headphone line and brand idea.

Eminem & Dre Inspire 50 Cent To Take His Time

'I'll be dead, I'll be gone, and the material will still be here to influence new artists,' 50 tells MTV News.

Recording with Dr. Dre and Eminem is bound to rub off eventually. While in the middle of recording his upcoming fifth solo album, 50 Cent has learned to take his time in the booth, and that in part explains the delay in releasing his LP.

"This is the first time that I've recorded and I haven't put pressure to release at a specific day. I've been on the shot clock the entire time. Dre and Em — I mean Dre's record hasn't been out in 11 years, so when you talk about perfection, it's gotta be crazy, right?" he told MTV News while at a New York book signing for his just-released anti-bullying book, "Playground."

Dre's 2001 was released in 1999 and not long after its release, fans began to hear rumblings about the oft-delayed Detox. Dre, a noted perfectionist, has been said to be putting the finishing touches on the LP for quite some time now, and recently Fif has adopted the super-producer's ear for detail.

"I think that provides additional pressure for him that it's taken this long, and in Em's case he has high standards too," 50 said. "You wouldn't believe how many times he records the records that you hear. He's done it over and over and over and over to make it sound like the way that he feels it's supposed to sound."

For his 2003 breakout hit "In Da Club," the G-Unit general wasn't nearly as meticulous as he has recently become. "In the beginning, it was like 30 minutes, 'In Da Club' was 30 minutes, to write it, have the vocals laid," 50 revealed. "I punched in a few times, it didn't matter it was good. Everybody bought it, they said it's a classic and now it's a process where I'm recording it, listening to it and saying, 'I can do that better than that.' "

The veteran hitmaker has realized the influence that his catalog has, and it is that realization that has him thinking differently. "I understand it now because all the material that I put out is gonna be here longer than I am," he said. "So I'll be dead, I'll be gone, and the material will still be here to influence new artists moving forward."

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Xzibit says Detox intro is done

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Game to feature on Detox "More Than Once" ??

Chuck Taylor says that if the near-mythical album ever releases, he will be on several tracks.

Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg recently said that Dr. Dre’s near-mythical album Detox was in the mixing stage, though a concrete release date is yet to be announced. Game recently spoke with KISS 107.5's Jay Thomas and said that if the album ever does drop, he will be featured on at least two of the tracks.

“If there is a Detox, then Game is on it more than once. But if it never comes out, then nobody’s on it,” he said.

As he’s previously done, the Compton, California native remained mum on all other aspects of the album, stating that while it’s been on his mind, he has nothing more to offer about the project.

“Detox man, I don’t know about Detox man. I’ve been thinking about detoxing lately, because I’ve been back on my workout grind and I’ve been thinking about detoxing. That’s the only thing I can tell you about Detox.”

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

New Slim the Mobster & Dr Dre "Back against the wall" + mixtape

While in London Town to kick off his club tour with the Grime Godfather Wiley, SoulCulture TV caught up with DJ Whoo Kid at the Dope Chef showroom and he revealed that he would be premiering a brand new Dr Dre track on Saturday (November 5th) called "Back Against The Wall" which will be taken from a forthcoming mixtape by the latest aftermath signing Slim The Mobster. Describing the record as "Some hardcore shit, NWA type feel, like he's back, he's calling out haters...fuck y'all, no more Mr nice guy type ish" it premiere on the Whoolywood Shuffle co hosted by MTV's Sway.

The G-Unit repping DJ and radio personality also revealed details on a forthcoming mixtape he will be creating with Dr Dre later this year which will possibly feature Snoop Dogg and some more of Dre's old school collaborators.

Slim the Mobster feat Dr Dre - "Back against the wall"

Friday, 4 November 2011

Slim the Mobster radio interview (dre/detox/kendrick)


Thursday, 3 November 2011

Beats by Dre shop opens in NY

The first and only pop-up store for Dr. Dre's line of headphones opened on Greene Street Wednesday afternoon and the rapper/producer himself was scheduled to appear there Wednesday night.

The high-end headphone shop Beats by Dr. Dre was set to host a grand opening party at 67 Greene St. from 7 to 9 p.m., spokeswoman Karen Civil said. Dr. Dre was expected to be joined there by Interscope Geffen A&M Records chair Jimmy Iovine.

While the event with music by DJ Prostyle of the radio station Power 105.1 was private, small groups of fans who gather for the event were expected to be allowed in to the party, where a cake in the shape of a giant set of headphones was on the menu.

Metal barricades were set up outside the store Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Dre said in a statement on Beats by Dr. Dre's website that the headphones, which start at $229 for over-ear models, provide realistic sound quality.

"Most headphones can't handle the bass, the detail, the dynamics. Bottom line, the music doesn't move you," he said. "With Beats, people are going to hear what the artists hear, and listen to the music the way they should: the way I do."

Headphones that the company designed for celebrities, including the New York Yankees, are displayed in glass cases in the store. Every Yankee was given a pair of custom-made white headphones with blue pinstripes, Civil said.

The store also has a soundproof-room where shoppers can test the brand's speakers.

The pop-up store for the line, which launched in 2008, will be open through mid-January, Civil said.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

'Be creative and make money out of it' says Dre on headphones

Preparing to interview Dr Dre is quite a nervy affair. Not only is he responsible for soundtracking gangsta rap, inventing G-funk, signing Eminem and reshaping hip-hop for the 90s, he also has a team around him seemingly desperate to make the experience as tense as possible.

A handful of journalists are driven downtown to Cult Studios on West 27th St in New York – a run-down space in mid-town which looks from the outside like, well, a squat (they've succeeded at looking inconspicuous) but inside is actually some kind of bling Tardis, with scantily clad promo girls giving out canapes to nibble on while we wait for The Doctor to arrive. One of his team warns me in conversation that he's a man of few words, answering technical questions in meetings with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down – and after seeing him in a press conference earlier where he spoke a mere two words ("thanks guys"), I believe what I'm told.

In recent years, Dre's branched out from music, becoming a successful international businessman with the birth of his Beats headphones range, a project which he has worked closely with head of Interscope records, Jimmy Iovine. So is he living the American Dream? He has no doubt. "Absolutely. I've been living the American Dream for over 25 years – just being able to do what I do, be creative and make money out of it, it's incredible."

Dre has certainly had a more creative hand in his line of Beats than a cynic would imagine. Iovine tells a story in the press conference of meeting Dre on the beach. Dre said he'd been approached to design a range of trainers, to which Iovine responded, "Fuck sneakers, let's make speakers". So they did. And Dre's been involved at every step – even harking back to hip-hop's early years in the new collection, which features a mobile beatbox designed to carry on your shoulder like a ghettoblaster. He talks about the project like his baby under a very simple premise: "I want people to enjoy music like I enjoy it in the studio, musicians have been hearing music differently for a long time and Beats are changing that".

Despite being flown to NYC to interview Dre ahead of the launch of this new range, I'm told that under no circumstance can I ask about his infamously long-awaited album Detox (It is testament to the brand he has become that Dre can keep the public eagerly waiting for a follow-up album to the legendary 2001 with no harm to his good name). Damn, I think, there goes the question on everybody's lips. As nice as they are, there's only so much I can bring myself to talk about headphones – what I want to know about, being a music journalist, is the music, not the earpieces you use to hear it. Unfortunately, a lot of my questions not relating to the product are cut short, so my allocated 10 minutes with Dre are punctuated with a PR's voice instructing me to "keep it Beats."

And yet, Dre is far from a sullen character. Before the interview, I stand outside and make small talk with him under the watchful gaze of his PR, and he manages to tell me that one UK act that he's listening to right now is the dubstep outfit Nero. He's so open and friendly, I wonder what all the fuss is about. The weight of the Dre legend is definitely felt by his team, though. The interview is conducted in a white room full of around 10 PRs, marketing managers and who-knows-who, and as a result the atmosphere is more than a little claustrophobic. At least he says more to me than he did in the conference, suddenly perking up about the project, adamant that he is not just a silent face of the brand.

"It's one of the best things I've ever been involved in" he says, laughing when I ask just how far he would take Brand Dre. Could he have a reality show like his long-time partner in hip-hop, Snoop Dogg on the cards? "No! In fact, I would advise against anyone doing reality shows. I won't be doing X Factor just yet."

I ask if his title as a businessman has overtaken the title of artist, "I don't think the brand has overtaken the music, I think that they just work together, like, I love watching the two come together."

We talk about how his journey has taken him from the streets of LA to the high-rise elevators of an international business mogul, and he says, with genuine modesty, that he's always surprised: "I could never have imagined where I am now." So has he let go of the anger that fuelled NWA? His PR steps in and insists, once more, that I "stick to questions about Beats." I want to scream.

I tell Dre how I saw a few kids wearing Beats on the subway earlier and he grins. "The ultimate experience is seeing young people in the headphones, almost as big as people listening to my album, well, listening to my album on the headphone would be pretty good too."

I try to talk about his influence on hip-hop culture and the awesome 2001, which my 14-year-old self played on repeat on my CD Walkman so that my mum wouldn't hear the unadulterated talk of bitches and hos but again, we're told to turn the questions back to headphones.

It's just surreal. What's funny, though, is that despite the pre-interview spiel from his "people" that tried to make speaking with Dre just a few steps down from an audience with God ("he's not doing any more interviews this year", "he doesn't speak a lot"), he actually comes across as modest, relaxed and entirely likeable, or at least not as intimidating as his build might suggest. Emboldened and frustrated, and with the PR theatrically tapping her watch, I decide to pose the question I've come 3,000 miles to ask. Lots have been cut short, I've been interrupted, and it's now or never.

"So Dre, when is Detox coming out?"

The room shudders, the PR bristles, and with that I'm ushered out.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Slim the Mobster Interview - discussing Dre

In this exclusive interview, Slim the Mobster steps into the Booth to discuss the importance of visuals in music promotion, his relationship with Booth-acclaimed cousin XV and the extent of his contributions to the long-delayed Detox LP.

Your brand new mixtape, War Music, is set for release on November 8. What was your goal going into this project?

My goals were to establish myself as more of an artist than a writer.

What do you think your fans are looking forward to the most with this release?

I think the people are looking forward to me delivering some quality street music. I think that’s what the people want from me. I don’t partake in the creation of the corny rap that’s going on right now.

Several videos from this project have been serviced to all of the major blogs and websites. In this Internet age, how important is it to give fans visuals?

That’s a big part of it. That’s why you’re seeing the videos that you see right now. That’s why I’ve released songs already with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. I’m doing these things for that exact reason.

Hip-Hop fans have been familiar with your name ever since Dr. Dre first mentioned your work during a radio interview, but you’ve been relatively quiet up until now. Why is now the time? Why not two years ago?

Who else’s time is it? There’s no better time than the present. In terms of why not two years ago, my focus was in other places at the time. I’d say I’m fully focused right now.

I am sure Booth-goers will be happy to hear that XV - a buzzing rapper out of Wichita, Kansas - is your cousin. Why haven’t we seen heard a collaboration from the two of you?

I taught him how to rap man. That’s my first cousin right there. Besides music, of course that’s my family. You’re definitely gonna’ get a collab between me and XV. I have another cousin that raps too – Mic Phenom. He’s big on the battle scene. I’m here to help him make the transition to songwriting.

Of late you've been mentioned in the same sentence as Kendrick Lamar, since both of you are Dr. Dre protégés. How would you describe your relationship with Kendrick?

We know a lot of the same people. I knew who he was before we both went under Dre. I look at Kendrick like my little brother and as an emcee; he’s hard on that mic.

In a recent interview, Dr. Dre (it seemed) intentionally didn't mention Detox. Instead, he was talking about a lot of the advertisement deals he has going on. Any status update on the project you can report on?

You see me right? Ok. That’s all I need to say. I’m gonna’ let the people figure that out. We’re here as a team for a reason right now.

How much writing have you done for Detox?

I don’t know how much writing I’ve done. I can only tell you that it’s a lot and that I’ll also appear vocally of course.

How would you describe the overall experience of working with Dr. Dre?

I don’t think they have a word for that yet. In the light of the experience that is working with Dr. Dre, it doesn’t have a definition yet. There was one track that leaked with me and Glasses Malone over a Dr. Dre beat. That track was called Motherf**kin’ Streets.

You’ve worked with a lot of producers outside of Dr. Dre – Nottz, Chocolate and DJ Silk to name a few. Has there been one producer in particular that you've vibed with the best?

My answer for that would have to be Eminem.

Why Eminem?

Because just on different occasions, I know that throughout the course of his day, he listens to my sh*t all day (laughs). That right there was big to me. I would see him and he’ll be singing one of my songs to me – that’s crazy. And its music that I haven’t even released yet, just something he’s had an opportunity to hear.

Any last words?

War Music drops November 8. Without a reasonable doubt, it will be here on that date. There were a lot of things I had to do to make it as classic as I could. Not just as a street album or mixtape, I want you to be in tune with me as a person so we had a lot of artwork created for the project. I’m gonna’ be in the places where most people don’t go and I’ll be handing out hard copies. I have a special exclusive t-shirt that I’m doing with Crooks & Castles I have a lot of things that I’m doing with this project to make it memorable. It’s not gonna’ be just a regular mixtape because if you’ve been paying attention, there’s a lot of different things we’re doing like behind the scenes videos and what not. I’ve done so much work to make it something different to where it requires more attention than just putting out a mixtape. I wanted to make this big.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Detox expected in 2012 - 12-20 tracks?

The following was tweeted by The D.OC

@WESTCOASTDOC "Dre and Snoopy finding time to get things perfected but their schedules are a bitch. Far as how many between 12-20 is my guess."

Earlier he mentioned that they "...on the west trying to get the Dr out the gate right now".

Answering queries from fans, he also stated that a 2012 release is more likely than this year and that 'psycho' wont be in the final tracklist.!/WESTCOASTDOC/status/127449286278512640!/WESTCOASTDOC/status/127092400077287426

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Slim The Mobster interview, talks about Dre, 'War Music' Mixtape, Meeting Eminem

So after that initial call what came next on your journey to Aftermath?

We only talked for like 5 minutes and he asked if I was patient because he had a lot of things going on at the time—I think he was in the process of just working on Em’s album or something. I told him I had all the time in the world.

Was it a slow process after that?

I wasn’t signed until almost two years later.

So was it a trial process, were you in the studio with Dre and kind of feeling it out.

Yea from time to time I would be in one studio and then the other studio and that was that.

Was it a learning process for you? Working with someone like Dre isn’t an everyday occurrence.

Everything is a learning process but this was new to me so yea this was a big learning experience for me and all these things came into play later because when you’re dealing with someone as good as he is you have to learn and pay attention.

There’s no way around it, just be on your “A” game at all times, right?

Of course especially when you know he’s watching and I know he watches the [smallest] shit , like when we went out wherever and he wanted to see how I acted and how people responded to me and [vice versa] and I guess I did pretty good.

So it was like Dre wanted to get to know you as a person, as a well- rounded individual versus as just a rapper?

You know what the funniest thing is, for him to be like this big mogul but he knows everything that happens in the street and I don’t know how he knows about it. Like, how do you know that, who told you that? That’s the craziest shit to me, he knows things that are going on in the hood and it’s like where does he get this from.

That’s crazy. At any point on your Aftermath journey did you ever think ‘maybe it’s not going to work out”?

I’m going to keep it 100% real with you, and I’m probably not even supposed to say thisI make more money now than most people he’s put out for big tours.

Just off of working with Dre, you’re saying?

Yeah. Like can you imagine what Oprah gives to her friends and shit? Like c’mon man, knock it off, so I don’t know how they got frustrated. I’m not frustratedI feel good about it, I’m comfortable, got all my little issues out the way. I’m more focused on my music, I don’t got to worry about the judges and the juries and all those people.

Dre even said in a recent interview that you and Kendrick were probably the last two artists he was going to work with ever. How does that make you feel?

I feel like a legend in the making. That’s a hell of a title, we the last, I guess they save the best for last.

Was Dre present for the whole process of recording War Music?

Nah, a lot of my recording I do on my own too. I really did this because people were wondering like can he rap? Can he do this or that so this is more for the people who really don’t know who Slim is, but there’s a lot of people who know I am and don’t appreciate the things that I’ve done.

Is there like one or two songs that are really personal to you or stand out the most that you can talk about?

Every song is personal to me but the one that’s more personal is something called “Falling Star.”

That sounds like it could have a deeper meaning?

The song is actually about me fucking up and not becoming successful like that’s what most people expect from me like ‘oh I’m surprised he even got this far.’ So I really like the song because it gives a different vibe, it’s not about guns etc. and some people say I always talk about guns but if you pay attention I’m not saying this to shit on anyone and I hope no one takes it personal but I’ve never heard Kweli compared to Jay- Z in light of, Kweli is hard, he’s good, but 9 times out of 10 when you say the greatest rapper you say someone hardcore.

Right, like Biggie, Pac, Jay…

I ask people this question and those are the names that usually come up so like when I made War MusicI wanted to keep it hard because I feel like that’s what people will really like because when you say the greatest people in hip- hop you only name hardcore artists that have an audience of people who [tend] to follow that type of music.

That’s interesting man. Do you feel like you kind of have to act, or make music a certain way to please people and give them what they want?

No, I feel like rap is not hardcore [right now] so if I was to please the people I would be doing techno- rap or something.

You’ve mentioned being Eminem being one of your favorite MCs, have you guys collaborated yet?

I mean we haven’t actually recorded together but I’ve been in the studio with him a few times and it’s heavy because he knows my shit. When I hear Em singing my songs and shit that gives me motivation. That’s someone I looked up to like I looked up to Dre so when I hear him saying like I like this song right here or when Em says this right here is my joint’ I take pride in those things.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

G.A.G.E. Assylum” produced by Dre

It’s been a while since former Aftermath artist G.A.G.E. dropped a new record.

Monday, 17 October 2011

that Dre beat from Encore studio session

The beat below was from the early 2010 studio session. Note that this is a loop of the skeleton beat.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Snoop and other westcoast cats Detox studio session PART 2 (video)

New Doggisode with Snoop Dogg,DJ Battlecat, DOC, DJ Quik, 1500 or Nothin & DJ Pooh in the studio cooking up classics.

Click here for the part 1 of this studio video.

Dr Dre session up at Encore Studios (mini video clip)

Dr. Dre previewed a song in the studio via a video clip shot by Lemar Guillary, a professional trombonist.

Guillary lensed the video before laying down the horns on the track. In the clip, the West Coast veteran presents the cut, which features plucked strings and a heavy bass.

The video and studio session is dated back to early 2010.

Dre possibly getting back in the DJ booth?

Before he was a platinum rapper or superproducer, Dr. Dre got his start in the 1980s as a DJ for the World Class Wrecking Crew, so when it comes to the wheels of steel, the Good Doctor knows a thing or two.

Maybe that's why Beats by Dre snagged David Guetta to help develop the company's new Beats mixr headphones, designed specifically for DJs. In fact, Guetta and the new DJ headphones have inspired Dre so much that the hip-hop luminary is considering returning to the decks.

"He's passionate about what he's doing," Dre said of Guetta. "I flew all the way to Ibiza, Spain, to check him out, and I saw the show that he put together, and I was blown away, so who better to represent our DJ headphone?"

"Who has helped DJs more in the world than David Guetta?" Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine chimed in.

Guetta's Ibiza show clearly left an impression on the Chronic producer and rapper, who saw more than just a DJ, but an artist at work. "From the beginning, just the energy that he brought and all the effects that he had," Dre recalled. "He wasn't just DJing and spinning records; he put on a show, and I took that home with me. I fell in love with the show."

It's no secret that Dre has been fine-tuning is long-awaited Detox album, but what fans may not know is that the former N.W.A producer has at least thought about returning to the DJ booth. "I've actually been talking about it a little bit; dusting my hands off and getting back in the DJ scene," he said. "We'll see what's up with that in the future."

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Purpose of this blog - a reminder

Many people dont know what they are talking about. Some show frusration in the comments about how some news and intervews are not about Detox.

As the blog description states and my 100th reminder:

"Up to the MINUTE news & rumours of Dr Dre
and his highly anticipated album"

As the above description states, the purpose is of this blog is about Detox but also any general news and rumours of Dr Dre. It's not my fault that we dont see any concrete Detox news etc.

Also you might not like the news or rumours but others might want see what else Dre is doing.

If you want only pure Detox news, then by all means follow other sources, which will maybe have the same amount of Detox news but less general news and rumours.

Peace Uzee

Monday, 10 October 2011

Dre: "I Am Trying To Be #2 To Apple ... But Music Is Like Air To Me!"

The male species can be classified into three specific categories: the ass man, the boob man and the man who enjoys all spectrums of the female body without bias.

Last night, the launch of the book and art instillation CULO by Mazzucco, in collaboration with Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine and Diddy, converted every person in attendance, male and female, in to an admirer of the glorious gluteus.

The instillation featured an array of artistically tasteful, and impeccably presented, back shots from some of the best bootys in the business, including Jessica White, Stacy Keibler, Suelyn Medeiros and Fergie.

We caught up with Dr. Dre, who is no stranger to rap video rumps, at the event, where he spoke exclusively to GlobalGrind about his electronics company, his goal to be second only to Apple and of course, about his favorite culos on display.

With all of this ass on the scene it was only suiting for the doctor to be in, checking out the anatomy, solely for research we are sure.

Global Grind: Why are you here tonight and what do you think of the art work?

Dr. Dre: I think the art work is incredible! I am here representing Raphael Muzzucco, the photographer. He is a friend of mine and I am just here supporting him, that’s all it is! I have been watching his work for quite a while. I was around in the beginning when they started this project when it was just an idea. It came out incredible. I am in love with it. I am actually going to buy a few of the pieces.

Do you have your eye on any particular pieces?

Yes, there is a red piece over in the next room with the three girls laying in the bed, I love that one. It almost describes my life.

Do you recognize any of the bootys in these pictures?

Yes, I do! Quite a few of them actually.

What you have been up to lately?

I am trying to build my electronics company, Beats Electronics. We just signed a major deal with HTC and we have cell phones coming out in the next two weeks. I am involved in Chrysler; we are in cars right now. My whole thing is to take over everything with a speaker. That is what I am shooting for.

What telephone provider is going to be carrying the new phone?

The phone will be on Verizon and, like I said, it is going to be out in the next 2 weeks.

You had wild success with Beats by Dre. Do you think the phone is going to match up? Are you a little nervous?

Oh nah, I am not nervous about anything! I am trying to be number 2 to Apple, and number 2 to Apple is not a bad position to be in.

What do you have going on outside of electronics? Musically, do you have anything going on?

Absolutely. I am never going to give music up. Music is like air to me, [music] is like oxygen, so I am always doing that. As soon as I get back to Los Angeles, I am back in the studio doing my thing. I have a couple of new artists that I am excited about, Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster. These are the next two artists, and these are probably my final two artists that I am going to be working with at least for the next couple of years. I am going to devote all my attention to them and make sure their sh*t comes out the way it should be. I am just having fun with life right now!